What’s the Business & Social Etiquette for Doors?

Traditionally, men were the door ‘openers’.  Today it’s more of a matter of who gets to the door first and basic common courtesy for others.

Common Business & Social Etiquette

Business Etiquette:  In the hustle and bustle of today’s business world, it’s courteous for the first person that approaches the door to hold it for the next, no matter the gender.

Social Etiquette – when out on a ‘date’ and chivalry is being demonstrated…

  • Revolving doors:  If it is already moving, then the lady enters first.  If it is stationary and needs to be set into motion, the gentleman leads the way and the lady follows.
  • Traditional doors:  If the door is closed and pulls toward you, the gentleman should pull the door open and hold it while the lady enters.  If the door pushes away from you, the gentleman should not only push the door out, but also walk through it.  Then he holds it open while the lady walks through.

No matter the situation business or social, don’t forget to make eye contact and smile.  The act of holding a door open for another person, in and of itself, will make someone’s day – I’m sure of it!

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Carey Sue Vega is a business and youth etiquette expert. For ten years, she honed her skills with an international audience as Cruise Director for the Norwegian Cruise Line. Vega has been featured in numerous radio and television shows and magazine articles, sharing her etiquette expertise.  She’s also social savvy with social media. Connect with CareySue.


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